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Well, I've seen a couple of people recently, although I know that there's quite a lot of people that have already spotted this problem, about people leaving bad/useless reviews (AKA One-liner Reviews). Yes, it's true that these kinds of reviews exist and they always have.
However, when you think about what reviews are for, there then lies a responsibility that I think maybe only a small percentage of Newgrounders realizes about, which is that it's also the responsibility for the author who's being reviewed to respond back to his reviewer.
Think about it. If you had spent a good 15 to 20 minutes trying to make a long review of upwards of 3000 characters or more, and then the author doesn't respond to it, how would that make you feel knowing that the author of that particular flash project doesn't care about what you think about his/her project? Would that possibly lead you to believe that "Oh, this author doesn't pay attention to the people that review his/her flash projects, so why should I ever bother to leave thought-out reviews anymore for this particular person?" It makes sense, doesn't it? Sure, I'm not saying this is the biggest reason as to why one-liner reviews exist, but you have to admit that an author's response definitely has a play in the factor showing that he/she took the time to read your review.
In my time that I've spent on Newgrounds, I've seen lots of long and specific reviews being just completely ignored by the artists who were being reviewed by it. If you aren't going to pay attention to the people who reviewed your flash project, then what was the point in making the flash in the first place? Now, of course, I'm not suggesting here to every author that you go on ahead and respond to every single review that's thrown your way. That would be way too much work, and that could definitely cut into time that you could use to continue on to your next flash project. What I AM saying though is that you should skim through all your reviews and pick out reviews that people actually spent a decent amount of time to work on, so that they don't feel neglected. If you only neglect the one-liners, that can possibly discourage them into making useless reviews and maybe cause them to right something thoughtful about your project. However, if you neglect EVERYONE, then that could cause an effect that might make all your reviewers to leave bad reviews.
Personally though, I can't stop making long reviews. It's what I do, and I plan on making my reviews carefully thought-out whenever I make one. No matter what I choose to review, I will make sure that it's a good review before I submit it. However, this is only because I like making long reviews. I'm assuming though that when other people make reviews, they want to be heard, so ignoring them might cause unwanted effects in the future, however no matter how many times I'm ignored, I'll keep on making long reviews, to search out for author's who will take some time out of their life to read it, hopefully. I've got 30 out of 70 or so reviews responded to so far, I think I got a pretty good ratio going for me. :P Although I'm fairly positive that if I ever did create a worth flash submission, I might get more attention, but in the mean time, I'm just another Newgrounder amidst the masses, just trying to speak out for the useful reviewers.
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